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Balancing work and family is an issue close to our hearts. The culture at Barbour fosters this balance brilliantly, so we listened intently when Amanda Altman of Rochester-based A3 Design took the stage at Create Upstate (see related posts here, here and here) last week. Her speech, entitled Mind My Own Business, explored the ins and outs of Altman’s experiences of not only running, but also refocusing and repositioning, a design studio with her husband, Alan. And all while juggling the demands of marriage and family. We were taken with Altman’s sincerity and candor on a subject that’s not often brought to the forefront. If her articulation was any indication, Altman could honestly have a second career as a life coach for creatives. If we had to choose a highlight, this frank pearl of wisdom pretty much sums it up: “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life… bullshit!”

Altman made a smart choice to show “pretty pictures” of A3’s outstanding body of work while speaking (scroll down for a sampling). Needless to say, the Altmans seem to be balancing masterfully. Really well done.

Via a3-design.com

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With school back in session, it seemed appropriate to feature some brilliant design work that’s education related. Turkish designer Efil Türk had the tall order of illustrating ten principles of design for her thesis project at Dokuz Eylul University of Fine Arts in İzmir, Turkey. These visual fundamentals — balance, hierarchy, pattern, rhythm, space, proportion, emphasis, movement, contrast, and unity — are truly universal. And Türk handles them in a really beautiful and effective way… with hand-cut paper, no less. We love Türk’s choice of colors and shapes, and her typography skills are not too shabby either. Türk is clearly very talented, we look forward to checking out her growing portfolio in the near future. More paper art posts here and here and here.

Via Tumblr and Instagram

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